Before she handled SEAL war crimes cases, one-star was tied to Fat Leonard

Two years before Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson withdrew a pair of SEAL war crimes cases from Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, the one-star was lightly rapped for her ties to corrupt contractor Leonard Glenn Fat Leonard Francis.

Staffers at her own Navy Region Southwest told Navy Times that she was reprimanded by Adm. Phil Davidson in 2017. That was confirmed by senior Pentagon officials who said it had been an open secret in the sea service.

Through her spokesman, Brian ORourke, Bolivar declined comment. Navy leaders also decided not to issue a statement on her behalf, citing privacy concerns.

Acting as the Consolidated Disposition Authority meting out punishment in the wake of the Glenn Defense Marine Asia public corruption scandal, Davidson substantiated three of five misconduct allegations against Bolivar and unnamed members of her crew on board the salvage vessel Salvor following a visit to the Malaysian port of Kata Kinabalu in 1998, according to records released to Navy Times following a Freedom of Information Act request.

Back then, the career diver was a lieutenant commander in charge of the Salvor, according to Navy records.

Although Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials cloaked her name in the records provided to Navy Times, Davidsons Aug. 18, 2017, disciplinary letter determined that she wrongfully accepted the improper gifts of a free hotel room, dinner, drinks, entertainment and a golf excursion from Fat Leonard and his now defunct Glenn Defens....

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